There aren’t many lakes in the world where you can expect to catch trout pushing 30 pounds. This is one of them, and it’s well worth a trip to Idaho’s Panhandle region.
Idaho Game & Fish has one of the better content introductions to Lake Pend Oreille’s big rainbow trout. Historically called Kamloops, they are a Canadian strain of rainbow imported in 1946. The Gierard Rainbow strain lives up to 6 or 7 years. Feeding primarily on Kokanee salmon, which run in large schools, these rainbows gain considerable weight and girth in their lifetime. If you fish and want to learn about Lake Pend Oreille’s Gierard rainbow, start here with a class room glimpse of the fine fishing that awaits the bend in your rod.